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Hurricane Ian strikes Cuba, Florida braces for Cat 4 damage

HAVANA (AP) — Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba on Tuesday as a major hurricane, with nothing to stop it from intensifying into a catastrophic Category 4 storm before it hits Florida on Wednesday. Ian made landfall at 4:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province, where officials set up 55 shelters, evacuated 50,000 people, rushed in emergency personnel and took steps to protect crops in Cuba’s main tobacco-growing region. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said “significant wind and storm surge impacts” were occurring Tuesday morning in western Cuba. Ian sustained top winds were 125 mph (205 kmh) and as much as 14 feet (4.3 meters) of storm surge was predicted along Cuba’s coast. Ian was forecast to strengthen even more over warm Gulf of Mexico waters, reaching top winds of 140 mph (225 kmh) before making landfall again. Tropical storm-force winds were expected in Florida late Tuesday, reaching hurricane force Wednesday morning.
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Irish budget: Finance minister unveils tax 'giveaways'

The Irish finance minister has unveiled one of the biggest giveaway budgets in the country's history. Paschal Donohoe told the Dáil (Irish parliament) that he was in a position to do so because the country had a large budget surplus. Most of that comes from a huge increased tax-take...
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Top NFL football knockout, survivor pool picks, strategy, advice for Week 4, 2022: Fade the Vikings

Perhaps no game appeared as a bigger lock for NFL knockout picks than Chiefs vs. Colts last week. But Indy pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of the young season, and now you can't simply pencil in whomever is facing Indianapolis when making your NFL survivor pool picks. This week, the Colts face the Titans, who are also coming off their first win, as they made the Raiders the league's only 0-3 team.

Nigeria’s sacred Osun River supports millions of people - but pollution is making it unsafe

Pollution has become a worrying threat to Nigeria’s Osun River. The river supports millions of people who rely on the water for agriculture as well as industries. It is also an integral part of Nigeria’s treasured Osun-Osogbo sacred grove, a UNESCO world heritage site. Emmanuel O. Akindele unpacks what’s causing the pollution, what harm it’s causing and what must change to preserve the river’s biodiversity.

MMN Recap: Syracuse Tops Lehigh Valley

Triple-A Syracuse is the only Mets minor league team left in action. Triple-A: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (75-72) 5, Syracuse Mets (64-84) 8 Box Score. DH Francisco Alvarez: 1-for-3, R, 2 BB, .226/.371/.439. RF Carlos Rincon: 1-for-3, HR (5), 2 R, BB, K, .225/.276/.401. 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-for-2. 2B, 2...

Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian looks to take aim on the west coast of Florida this week, potentially as a major hurricane. We're talking the latest track and impacts.
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Facebook Takes Down Political Influence Operations From China and Russia

Facebook parent company Meta said it took down two unconnected networks of accounts based in China and Russia for seeking to influence political narratives in part about Russia's war with Ukraine. Meta called the Russia-based operation "the largest and most complex Russian-origin operation that we've disrupted since the beginning of...

#8 Tornadoes Volleyball Sweeps Kindred Vikings

OAKES, ND ( – The #8 Oakes Tornadoes took down the Kindred Vikings in Monday night volleyball action in three sets (25-12, 25-7, 25-22). The game started out close with both teams trading points until it got to 10-10. After that the Tornadoes went on an impressive run of points making it 22-11. They would trade points till they won the 25-12.

Election workers train for battle against conspiracy theories and misinformation before midterms

Have something to say? Lookout welcomes letters to the editor, within our policies, from readers. Guidelines here. From his perch in an elementary school gym during last month’s Michigan primary, Grand Rapids City Clerk Joel Hondorp oversaw the electronic book of eligible voters, while first-time election workers Kimberly and Shayne Becher helped check people in and explain how to fill out ballots.